Meet Our Guides

Our Full-Time Staff

Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.

2021 Guide Team

As we near the start of our 2021 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.

Join Our Team

Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!

Mark & Sarah Anderson

President / CEO

Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.

Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.

Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.

Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.

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Steve Nutting

Program Director

Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.

Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.

Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.

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Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory will be joining Journey Quest for her third summer this year! She was born and raised in Clifton, a small town tucked away in the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Growing up, she loved to spend time outdoors fishing, exploring and playing in the creek with her six siblings. She moved to Cañon City in 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, an academic bridge-year program. During her time there she fell in love with southern Colorado and jumped right into her first summer with Journey Quest immediately after graduating. When Emmaline isn’t rafting, you can find her outside rock climbing, in a random field practicing her handstand walks, working out with the tight community of ladies at Fit101, training Jiu-Jitsu, or at her off-season job where she’s slinging out delicious coffee and repairing bikes at the local coffee/bike shop. She loves spending time with her family, stargazing, fly fishing, writing music and getting involved in epic prank battles! Emmaline is excited for the challenges that lay ahead of her this summer as she pursues God, human relationships, and continues to learn to lean wholly on Christ.

Jen Baker

Jen Baker

This is Jen’s (aka, cock eyed brow, Juniper, hanger breaker, screech) 4th year working with Journey Quest. While she’s not so fond about her many given nick-names, she is incredibly fond of the team she gets to work with. Jen loves love many things but a few of her favorites happen to be: cheese, pull ups, random dancing, campfires, the smell of rain, extra daylight in the summer, and laughing until she falls out of her chair (it’s a common happening). Jen currently works as the Internet Marketing manager and Director of social media for Journey Quest. However, she is excited to step into the roll of videographer and photographer, as well as part-time guide for the summer.

Jen loves writing, blogging, video editing, and is currently in training to become a health and fitness coach. In her spare time you can find her rock climbing or skiing with her husband Jack, or working on content for her personal blog and social media account. Jen always gets excited watching God work through the lives of guests and staff throughout the summer and can’t wait to jump in to a new season.

Kileen Rogness

Kileen Rogness

Kileen is returning for her second year at Journey Quest. She is a Colorado native and recently moved back after going to school in Oregon. She currently works at The Bridge Youth Center in Canon City, which provides a place where leaders do life alongside students. They develop longstanding relationships that provide opportunities to guide students emotionally, socially, behaviorally, and spiritually. Kileen is grateful that God chooses to use her to pursue youth and share the love of God despite her shortcomings. Some of her favorite things are: handstand competitions, being in the mountains, sunrises, equestrian vaulting (gymnastics on horses), dad jokes, laughter, reading, and quality time with friends. If you go down the river with her as your guide be sure to listen for some bad jokes (but maybe laugh anyways). You can challenge her to a handstand competition or ask her why seeing God in creation is so meaningful to her. One of the things she is most excited for this season at Journey Quest is getting to make friends out of strangers with every trip down the river and seeing how God continues to reveal His vastness through the outdoors.

Bracy Bazil

Bracy Bazil

Bracy Bazil is jumping onto the Journey Quest team as a first-year guide. Born and raised in Tyler Texas, Bracy is the youngest of seven siblings. In his spare time, Bracy enjoys improving his knife-making skills, longboarding, hiking, camping, and hanging out with his friends. He also enjoys reading, movies, listening to music, and video games. For the past five years, Bracy has been actively involved in the local Civil Air Patrol unit. As he progressed through the cadet ranks, the program helped to develop his leadership, communication, and outdoor skills. Introduced to indoor rock climbing by his older brother, Bracy quickly fell in love with the activity. Bracy is beyond excited to see what the summer has in store in adventures, friendships, and his relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown is a first-year guide for Journey Quest. She moved to Colorado from Willard, Missouri in 2020 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, a school that focuses on learning more about who God is and what He has to say about the matters of the world. Hannah plans to major in psychology with the intent of becoming a counselor and is considering a few college options for this upcoming year. She enjoys reading, dancing, talking to people, bike riding, going on walks, swinging, snowboarding, as well as pretty much anything outside, amid God’s creation. This summer she hopes to learn more about what it looks like to love people well. She wants to deny the selfishness within herself and keep her eyes on Christ who is her sustainer and example. She is so excited to see the ways that God has already planned to work in her and through her this summer!

Marshall Bornn

Marshall Bornn

Marshall Bornn is a first-year guide at Journey Quest! Originally from the small town of Easton, Kansas, Marshall moved to Colorado in 2019 to attend Charis Bible College. After a year of study there, he fell in love with the Mountains and decided to move to Colorado permanently. Now, he is a certified UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Mechanic with the Colorado National Guard. Marshall is an Eagle Scout in the BSA and Freedom Rangeman in Trail Life USA – a Faith-centered Scouting alternative. Marshall loves reading, writing, hiking, sightseeing, skiing, and flying (Currently, the Piper Cherokee is his favorite aircraft!). Marshall is excited to meet people from all walks of life, and hopes that he can pour into them as much as they pour into him! He wants nothing more than to be an evangelist, bringing people to God or closer to Him. He’s got a long way to go, but hopes his time at Journey Quest will be a great learning experience!

Hannah Flaig

Hannah Flaig

Hannah Flaig is super excited to be joining the Journey Quest team as a first year guide. She grew up on an island farm in British Columbia, Canada with eight siblings. As a kid, Hannah loved exploring the woods, running, jumping, and building tree forts with her three closest brothers . She lived in Bend Oregon for a short time before moving to Cañon City Colorado this last fall to attend Worldview at the Abbey: a one year theological program. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, surfing, dancing, CrossFit, afternoon hammock naps, quality time with friends, laughing, a good cup of coffee, and being out in God’s beautiful creation. She is very excited to laugh, listen, and serve the people around her this summer. Hannah is expectant for the challenges that lay ahead, as she chases after God, good friendships with people, and learning to rely solely on Christ. 

Nathanael Shoemaker

Nathanael Shoemaker

Nathanael has always loved adventure and could not be happier to come back for his second year as a Journey Quest guide!  From the Great State of Iowa, Nathanael sometimes rafted with his family on vacation in Colorado but never thought he would be a guide himself.  In the offseason Nathanael studies business at Iowa State University where he is currently a Junior.  Nathanael hopes to use his passion for business as a means to spreading the Gospel and connecting with other like minded individuals for a greater impact on the world.  Outside of school Nathanael also enjoys physical activities such as swimming, running, weightlifting, BJJ, and wrestling.  If you feel up to it and like to lose, challenge Nathanael to a push up contest this summer( you won’t be disappointed). Nathanael also enjoys reading and gaining knowledge/wisdom any way he can, especially through books.

This summer Nathanael is excited to see God work on him and the people he comes in contact with.  He is most excited to lead young people on their faith journey as they learn to navigate this world.  

Chris Burnz

Chris Burnz

Chris Burnz is a second-year guide from Utah. He loves playing volleyball, soccer and bowling. You can also find him participating in basically anything outdoors such as skiing, water sports, hiking, and running. Chris also enjoys simply spending time with friends and playing the occasional video game. He originally found Journey Quest when he came on a trip with his youth group in 2015. He loves travel and would be ecstatic to travel all around the world someday. Chris loves dogs and that is the quickest way to his heart other than food. A fun fact about Chris is that he speaks 3 languages (English, Spanish, and Chinese!). He is looking forward to an awesome summer and seeing everyone grow in God and in experiences.

Emmaline Guillory
Jen Baker
Kileen Rogness
Bracy Bazil
Hannah Brown
Marshall Bornn
Hannah Flaig
Nathanael Shoemaker
Chris Burnz

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